Seahawks fans headed to Phoenix in the week running up to the Super Bowl will find plenty of places to party — whether they have tickets to the big game or not.
Activities are centered in three locales — all less than 20 miles from each other: Downtown Phoenix, tony Scottsdale and Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, the site of University of Phoenix Stadium, where the game will be played.
In the coming days, we’ll bring you details on activities, nearby food and drink, and various transportation options between the three sites. In the meantime, an overview:
Beginning Jan. 28, 12 city blocks will be transformed into an outdoor campus of mostly-free fun, called Super Bowl Central. Live concerts by The Roots (Saturday, Jan. 31), Phoenix-area cultural groups and a number of acts to be announced are scheduled for one stage, while players will appear and sign autographs on another. Several TV shows and networks will broadcast live from the area (The Today Show, NFL Network, MSNBC, CNN), and activities will include ice skating, rock-wall climbing, interactive exhibits and more.
Nearby, GMC is sponsoring an expo called the NFL Experience, with high-tech games, displays of memorabilia and a chance to view the Vince Lombardi Trophy. (Entry is $35.) And the Arizona Science Center (admission $8-$16.95) will have 200 items from the Pro Football Hall of Fame on display in a show called “Gridiron Glory.”
A free Fan Fest in this northern suburb focuses on lifestyle events such as cooking demonstrations and fashion shows. Most activities take place at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, including an NFL Wives Fashion Show on Jan. 30. ESPN will broadcast live from the mall for the week leading up to the game.
On the north end of Scottsdale, the 12th Man can find its flock at The Skeptical Chymist, one of the biggest Seahawks bars in Phoenix, which has indoor/outdoor seating, multiple screens and packs of irrepressible football fans decked out in green and blue. (Ditto in the East Valley at Skeptical’s sister pub, Fibber Magees)
Glendale/Westgate Entertainment District
This will be the epicenter of the action. A huge, three-day Super Fan Festival arranged alongside University of Phoenix Stadium promises mechanical bulls, a zipline, appearances by Hall of Famers and concerts by artists such as Snoop Dogg, Imagine Dragons and Zac Brown Band. Expect to pay at least $100 to attend.
Within walking distance, in the Westgate Entertainment District, an outdoor mall, fans will find more music, shopping, a movie theater, food and an Associated Press photo exhibit called “Super Moments, Superstars, Super Game.”
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